I finally decided to buy this system after our last nasty billing dispute with our ex-telephone service provider. We also switched to a competitor to get our new internet service. I have been eying on Ooma for many months now, reading the reviews, finding answers to my concerns, etc.
As of now, the main negative I see is the 3000 outbound minutes limit a month. I figured, base on studying our telephone pattern of use in the past that that won't be a concern for us at the moment. Also, be aware that if there is a power failure or lost of internet, then your Ooma service is down too.
This will save me 30 to 40$ a month. It will only take 6 months for me to cover the cost.
Like a lot has already commented, the system came in a gorgeous packaging, like an Apple product. It was a delight to do an unboxing of this device. After going to the Ooma website and registering the device, all you have to do is plug your regular phone (either wireless or not) and you are connected to the world.
It comes with every cable that you may need unless you have a unique or special setup needed. There are very few buttons which are are big and simple to use.
I like the way that the base and the scout are heavy enough not to move or nudge so easily on top of a table.
Both base and the smaller scout can play voice mail. What I find lacking is a digital LCD to show how many new voice mails you have.
Very important: If you need any troubleshooting or want to maximize your experience with this device, you should login to the Ooma website and participate in the forum. Most likely, you will find the answers to your questions in this site. You can also retrieve all your voice mails anywhere where there is a PC. Just login to your account and you can play them. All your calls can be exported to an Excel spreadsheet if you want to look at them. I use OpenOffice which works too.
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Feb 19, 2009
Oct 28, 2011 03:36 PM UTC